The Boy Who Cried "Why"

The Boy Who Cried "Why"
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     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   0.98

     challenging words:    lagoon, likes, repairs, sounded, there, whales, whiff, beard, blew, boat, body, care, cost, dock, easy, ever
     content words:    Pacific Ocean

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The Boy Who Cried "Why"
By Brenda B. Covert

There was a boy named Whit. He had a black cat with white paws and long white whiskers. The whiskers were easy to see. That is why he called his cat Mr. Whiskers.

Whit wore a whistle around his neck. He and Mr. Whiskers went to the dock. That was where the boats were. Whit liked boats. Mr. Whiskers liked the fish.

After he looked at all the boats, Whit blew his whistle. A man asked what he needed.

"I want to know where the fish are. My cat likes fish."

"This is not a fishing boat," said the man. "We take folks to see the whales."

"Wow! When?"

The man rubbed his beard. "We go whenever we are hired to go."

That made sense. "Where are the whales?" Whit asked.

The man told him as he rolled up some rope. "These whales are in a lagoon off Mexico."

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